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The Opposite of Hatred

The last two weeks have been an intense time for me. The last few days have been an intense time for my country. The last two weeks have been intense because I was in an intensive class for seminary; it lived up to its name. The class was about entrepreneurial ministry, part of a pilot [...]

Recovering Abundance in Seminary

Below is the short manuscript from a message I gave recently at Earlham School of Religion for Common Worship. While not directly relating to rural issues, it provides another opening into the story of Jesus feeding the multitude, the inspiration for the blog's title. Enjoy: Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes. [...]

Insert Wizard of Oz Joke: Five Things I Learned in Kansas

"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore..." so goes the famous quote from the classic film The Wizard of Oz. The quote represents the feeling of disorientation we experience when we are away from home. After all, there is no place like home and being "at home" provides a sense of security [...]

Introducing Recovering Abundance: A Miracle and Midrash about Rural Renewal

What's with the name Recovering Abundance?  There is a gospel story that I've been carrying around for quite awhile. When I say "awhile," I don't mean a couple days, a couple weeks, or a couple months. I mean a couple of years. It has been bouncing around in my mind, sinking deeply into my spirit, [...]